I've been fostering Ziggy for a year and a half now. From the beginning, even when he was just a three month old puppy, I've struggled with him. And I've never hesitated to share my frustrations - sometimes perhaps too much! I've called him tenacious, impossible, mischievous, and a challenge. I've suspected him of having a learning disability, and I've declared that he is incorrigible. He even gets blamed for things he didn't do, just because he's Ziggy. But although he's more challenging than any dog I've ever fostered, he's also made me laugh more than any other foster dog. He has made me crazy at the same time as he's made me fall in love with him. I've never had to work so hard with any other dog, and yet I've never accomplished so much with any other dog either. He's taught me more about dogs and about dog training than I ever thought I'd learn. He's improved a lot in the past year and a half, and I do believe he's finally on track to be adopted by the time he's three years old. Or maybe four years old.
Ziggy and I, with the help of several trainers and dog behavior experts, have worked hard to get this far. He's even been attending CGC (Canine Good Citizen) classes, and will be taking his CGC test tonight. I am very nervous and excited for him. The American Kennel Club's CGC program is "designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community." Ziggy's manners at home and out have improved significantly since returning from boot camp and continuing with his training. This means he may actually be able to pass the CGC test. It also means there may be less "Ziggy stories" on my blog in the future now that Ziggy has developed good manners. It's a price I'm willing to pay! Tune in tomorrow to find out if Ziggy really is a canine good citizen!